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|Saturday, December 11th, 2004|
|AND IN CASE THAT WASN'T ENOUGH...
Since everyone's giving all this info about FF2, I decided to give a little bit of info of my own. There are many powerful weapons that can be equipped in a single hand in the game, and miraciously(which I don't even know if I spelled it right,) the characters all have two hands, in which you can equip two weapons in each hand against the boss that you fought who was so hard, meaning that of course, you could have made it even easier.
Second. I would like to add, that since many of you feel the need to cheat on FF2 using the weapon level raising cheat, that you might be happy to know that on Dawn of Souls the weapon level raising cheat has been removed and you have to do it like everyone who didn't cheat. The storyline was changed dramatically, and excellent I might add. However, even though you can level up spells and weapons quicker, the game isn't really easier, and sucks as badly as it did on both the NES and PSX versions. Atleast the story is good, but too bad the game still sucks.
FF however, even though very easy, is pretty good and I really liked it, finishing it a second time with one of my favorite groups(except the Knight changed to a Ninja due to a weapon I want to use.)
Growlanser Generations was released in stores in the 7th(which is when I got it,) and 2 days later people still write in about why it isn't out yet. But anyways, since people want to know what it's like, no, it's nothing like Final Fantasy Tactics. I love Final Fantasy Tactics, because it has a great storyline and the battles use a great deal of strategy, although 19/20th's of the abilities you learn for every class in the game is basically useless, where seeing how many abilities are in the game, that's still an ok amount that are actually useful(and it's still one of my favorite games.)
Anyways, Growlanser Generations(the second atleast becaus I haven't started on the third,) has a very difficulty learning curve if you just start playing straight off, but after the first two battles you'll probably get used to how the system works. The game itself is a Tactical RPG(there is no such thing as strategy RPGs, because games like Warcraft are not RPGs,) yet unlike most where the characters move one at a time, you choose your characters actions, and every enemy and character moves at the exact same time, in which when a turn is up, you get to choose the characters actions again. Every level up you can raise characters abilities up.
I'm not sure because I've only went through the part a single time, as I haven't beaten the game and recreated a character yet. But, like most games you find under Atlus, you answer many different questions, and finish the very first battle a certain way, and that is where you get how good all your stats and what kindof spells and abilities you can learn throughout the game. I thought that was kindof neat(even though it's been done in the Ogre Battle series, but this one was pretty cool.)
Travel is just like the normal Tactical RPG game(unless you bring up Arc the Lad 2 and 3, which going through dungeons was just like in any other normal RPG, just much much better, because Arc the Lad 2 is just as good as the godly Tactics Ogre(which is what the travel is like in Growlanser 2.)
So I guess that clears up the gameplay in the game(aside from killing monsters give special items.) Anyways, you tell everyone why you don't like Final Fantasy 5 and you then put a link to your review about it. How come you didn't post my rant about your opinion being completely biased on why you said you didn't like FF5? Part of the reasoning you gave as not liking it in one column had nothing to do with FF5 if the translator wasn't a moron and probably made up the crap, and everything you said you hated about the game showed up everywhere in FF7. I know you had to read it, and I do hope you replay it to find out that you travel through three different worlds and get your idea of each world going into a cataclysmic destruction and you're really going through the same world three times(infact, it's actually two wolds, and another world where both the two worlds combined into a single world.)
Give me a better explanation on why you hate it, because I really want to hear a reason that makes even the slightest bit of sense why you don't hate FF7 instead(like your reasoning basically said, which already, I stated above, meaning I'm repeating myself, like your reasoning did.)
Yes, I'm well aware of what the actual details of the plot are cuz well, I actually played the FFA version. Shh, don't tell anyone. Anyhow, I don't hate FF7 because FF7 is good, whereas FFV is mediocre. Really, is going through the same world three times better to you somehow? Please, enlighten us all... Or at least, the five of us who actually read this <.
|Friday, December 10th, 2004|
|Wishlist with random meowing
Here are the games I want for Christmas, but first off... Andrew why the hell are you still calling games like Final Fantasy 2 and 3, FF2j, or FF3j? It's FF2 or FF3 wherever you are, and what it's translated in another country doesn't really matter. Unless the people are complete idiots who started at FF7, they will know what you're talking about, which other than that, if they think you're talking about FF2 with Cecil and everyone else, then FF2j won't help because most like their opinion to the first would be the same to the other. So leave it off, it's just stupid to include it.
Second, Dragon Warrior 8 is not a Squaresoft title, and infact, the Dragon Warrior team is the one who was working on the title, the part of the team that didn't quit because of the merger and join other companies(which was only a few.)
Anyways, I was actually lying, because this isn't a list of games I want for Christmas, because I'm going to buy them myself whenever they come out.
Starting at the titles being released first.
---Final Fantasy 1 and 2: Dawn of the Expansi... Souls(an expansion pack, that includes the entire game, and costs more than origins. Da** Squaresoft.)
---Wild ARMs Alter Code F(next years game of the year.)
---Castlevania DS(no info? who cares, it's another Castlevania to add to my collection, of oh say, every single release since the orignal.)
|Friday, November 19th, 2004|
|Long time no see... good old MSNM banning
Hey Google or Andrew,
I'm probably one of the biggest Castlevania fans there is, and the guy who
recently emailed in was actually pretty wrong.
On the original Castlevania, stage 6 isn't hard, and neither is stage 5.
Stage 5's boss, Death, however, is one of the harder bosses, and the only
one I will ever occassionally die at. Also, the first in the series is not
forgettable, and has better control than the 3rd.
The third Castlevania for the GB is called Castlevania Adventure, not
Castlevania Legacy, and stars Sonia Belmont.
Castlevania 64 is a great game as it brought the feeling of Castlevaina,
where he must have just sucked at it.
Castlevania Legacy of Darkness for the N64 has 4 playable characters, which
are the two original characters and two others. Henry, Reinhardt, and
Carrie have to be unlocked however.
Castlevania Chronicles is a remake of the original Castlevania as well, and
the hardest Castlevania there is.
Also, Castlevania Aria of Sorrow is the worst Castlevania there is, and I'd
advise no one to get it.
Lament of Innocence which the guy wanted to know what is like, is a 3d
action adventure game, with great movement and controls. The gameplay was
kindof stolen from Devil May Cry, but added onto so much that they perfected
the use of combos where you actually have your character basically do
whatever you want him to do. The bad thing, is that the game is extremely
easy if you get really good at it, and the fact that most of the rooms in
each place are replicated rooms of another room you've been in about 10 to
20 times already with different enemies. However, beat the game and get
Crazy mode, and it actually gets fun to play because the difficulty is
actually hard(as soon as you get past the extremely hard difficulty, being
the fact that you have no abilities at the start like in normal and the
enemies are so much harder.)
And no, Symphony of the Night IS NOT the game to play, due to the fact that
it is the easiest Castlevania there is, no contest, as well as the other
hour of just lengthening the game by just turning the castle upside down and
adding harder enemies.
Also, I have to say that you(Google) made yourself sound like one of those
Final Fantasy 7 fanboys when you used some improper sentence structure about
"2 kind of tried to be like SotN, but really didn't pull it off."
Now come on Google? I hope you don't think Symphony of the Night was
released before Castlevania 2 was, and trust me, Castlevania 2 is FAR BETTER
than Symphony of the Night will ever be.
Also, Google, Castlevania changed from being stage based to the exploration
type due to the fact that Konami had IGA start doing the series instead, and
as you can see, IGA is now taking whats popular and going with it(which is
why they copied Devil May Cry and made it about 100 times better.) And
lastly, IGA did use the exploration bit from Metroid, but I don't know where
the hell you go off and call them Metroid clones. I don't even like SotN
and don't even call it that because it's nowhere even close to being a
Metroid clone. The only thing they do have in common is the exploration,
and it has that in common with about 1000 other games.
|Sunday, September 12th, 2004|
|twice the goodness! And by goodness I mean I can't say anyhting nice at all!
First off, shouldn't everyone have known about Chrono Trigger Ressurection
quite some time ago, I mean, I already went and told you about it early this
year anyways, seeing how you like Chrono Trigger, so why is this guy
bringing it up again. Also, the fact that they are only recreating certain
parts of it doesn't mean they are doing anything wrong, it's like a demo,
which they are sending to various video game companies to show them all what
they can do, and allowing people on the PC to download it and play the parts
as well. It's not really stealing when the parts they're only working on
certain parts and it's more fan work than anything else.
Also, Peckmoa Gallant is right about Star Ocean Till the End of Time,
although I don't really see a 3 in the title, or a III, so I don't know
where he got that except that it's the third in the series to be released of
course, and just because it's the third doesn't mean it's Star Ocean 3,
seeing as the second was written as "The Second Story." But anyways, I hate
everything about Star Ocean The Second Story except for it's prerendered
backgrounds, dungeon/town sprite graphics, and it's music, so if I was only
going for graphics, I would love this game, however I'm not, so that is why
it will always suck because both the story and gameplay is horrible. Star
Ocean Till the End of Time however has an awesome story and excellent
gameplay. The graphics are like Xenosaga's, however, the music is not and
it doesn't suck Xenosaga does as well, which I just mentioned above, so this
we should be glad. And also like Peckmoa said, that it's the best game to
come out in a long while, I mean come on, if Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter
is the last good RPG that came out before this, and Wild ARMs 3 before that,
isn't that just telling you something(and yes, I do not think Tales of
Symphonia is good, in fact it sucks, very very badly.) But yes, all of you
should get Star Ocean Till the End of Time, but don't be like all the people
that were like me that preordered the game when I was there, although I was
the first one in the store(and in the line for that matter,) while I waited
for them to get my preorder ticket and looking around seeing the people
gather in line behind me, out of the 8 people in the store, I could tell 6
of them were getting Star Ocean as well. How could I tell that? Well it's
kindof obvious when we have some losers who go and by strategy guides,
Ignore this if you don't, but if you're one of the people who does this,
seriously, what the hell, RPG's are meant to be challenging and to figure
everything out for yourselves. What the hell is the reason for you people
to even buy an RPG if you're going to buy strategy guides as soon as you
even get the game, and don't even bother making up the excuse to yourself
that it's to help find where to go, unless you like wasting another 20
dollars for every game just to find out a place you get stuck at which
wouldn't be really that hard to find to begin with if you just looked a
little bit, because you can't very well lie to yourselves that you'll be
using the strategy guides throughout the entire game. You people shouldn't
even play RPG's. And if you many of you people are like me and don't use
strategy guides, then this message is not sent out towards you.
Also, I'm in my ranting mode, so why not tell Aranti Leonheart how much he
just sucked in Final Fantasy 8, because the first time I've ever beat Final
Fantasy 8, I never once upgraded any of my weapons because the game is so
easy to begin with there is no need to upgrade your weapons. So I'm only
assuming you had to have the Lionheart to beat Ultimecia, which of course I
find very sad. Why stop there though, why not just be even cheaper and use
a Holy War, or if you sucked and already used it, why not learn only one of
Rinoa's other Limit Breaks, the Invincible Moon, allowing you to have a
33.3% chance of this ability working(seeing as you already start with two.)
That way you'll have Squall with the Lionheart and Rinoa with a very good
chance of casting Invincible Moon, because I'm sure you didn't want to have
any trouble defeating the last boss or any other boss in the game for that
And as for my favorite Final Fantasy titles since everyone else seems to be
listing theirs, then mine would be FF6, FF1, FF4, FF5, FFTactics, FF3, FF9,
FFMystic Quest, FF8, FFTactics Advance, FF2, FF7, FF10-2, FF11, FF10(FF11
and 10 suck just as badly, I usually switch them around, but the fact that
there are nice people online while playing FF11 makes it better than just
playing an altogether pathetic game with a completely repetitive battle
system, no good music, and a horrible story with everything after FF2
being the ones I hate, and FF8, FFTactics Advance, and FF2 are titles I only
dislike, not hate.
|But remember folks, he doesn't hate EVERYTHING...
Man, I guess they did close it down, I didn't read about Chrono Trigger
Resurrection getting closed down, but I was just guessing that because they
weren't making the game much of anything, just a basic demo of moving around
and such, and a few parts, showing how great of fans they are of this game.
Sure I hate Chrono Trigger, but I don't think something that was just
nothing more than some work created by fans for game companies and to show
off their skills in graphical features as well as remixing music is
something everyone does. I mean seriously, why doesn't Squaresoft just send
out a cease and desist notice on every midi that everyone has created of any
of their games, or getting the download programs shut down because their
music is all over it, and even iso's of their games(meaning exact copies
basically for those of you who don't know,) or even all the flash animation
everyone creates about many of Squaresofts series. It's pretty stupid that
this was nothing more than a demo of seeing some parts of what they can do,
and Squaresoft of course is ready to jump all over this, but stuff that can
be found just as bad is brushed aside and they don't really give a da**. I
think the real reason Squaresoft sent this notice to them, was that they
think they could be a threat to their ambitions, because I mean, Squaresoft
is really starting to suck ass, seriously, every game that was a Squaresoft
released game(meaning it was already completed by the time Enix and Square
mergered or atleast close enough it really doesn't matter seeing as they
wouldn't go and change the teams halfway through the projects anyways,)
sucks very badly, I mean come on, look at every Squaresoft game for the PS2;
FF10, FF10-2, FF11 Kingdom Hearts, The Bouncer, Driving Emotion Type S, and
Front Mission 4. Go play all of these games and finish them, even before
you finish these games you'll most likely think they suck, Unlimited Saga as
well, even though it is sortof decent, it's defintely not ranged as bad as
all this half assed crap they've been releasing, using nothing but graphics
and not really giving a damn to put any type of budget into how their
gameplay could be. So anyways, these people could make some great stuff,
showing it to many of the different companies, which would result in a bit
of a problem for Squaresoft if these people star helping the release of some
other RPG's with even better graphics than Square could do when having the
same equipment to do it on basically.
The other reason, is that Squaresoft could have been just beeing asses, and
attacked these guys for no reason knowing their's a whole lot more on the
internet like roms that could be found at the touch of a button, midi's and
mp3's of everyone of their games tracks more rare but still easily
accessible. So they just screwed these guys over for no reason being well
aware that it wasn't a full version, and not even half of the game, just
some favorites parts of the people creating it as a fan submition basically,
nothing more illegal, and most likely alot less than most of the stuff, than
anyone else is doing.
|Saturday, August 28th, 2004|
One thing that really pisses me off, is the fact that I sent in the answer
to the quote on the front page, and google never put it on the Q&A, so I was
guessing I got it wrong, then I see someone send it on yours, and it's
basically the same answer, with you saying no tilde for you as a joke and
such. This really pisses me off when I get the answer correctly, and make
that three or four days ago.
Anyways, pop music sucks, or more rather, not only that, but all music other
than rock from the early 1980's to 1996 has sucked(when Metallica started
sucking.) So there is my answer. And about the long topic of voice overs.
I actually like voice overs when they're used as special abilities(like in
the later Breath of Fire series or the Tales series,) as well as some others
which are just short, and don't tend to get very annoying(like
"Liberation!!," or "Boo, Boo" from Ogre Battle or "Fight it Out," from
Tactics Ogre.) Other than that, there are very few games I've liked the
voice overs too on video games.
As for the one guy ranting about translations, why the hell didn't he rant
about the translations on the remake of Final Fantasy or the rerelease of
Final Fantasy 4. The translations compared to the originals sucked, and
especially the fact they added Gil instead of GP, or also the renaming many
of the weapons in the game only to bring a sense of nostalgia for the newer
RPG fans that have played the later series first, and used many of the
weapons names from those in replace of some in the earlier but
remade/retranslated titles. And back to the already forementioned part
about GP being renamed Gil, that is another part nostalgia for the newer RPG
fans to just drool over and continue thinking Final Fantasy 7 is the best.
And yeah, Gilgamesh wasn't really that cool(in any title, although he was
pretty decent in FF5,) I have to say that Rubicant is the man.
-andrew- -kupomogli- Current Mood: blocked
|Saturday, August 21st, 2004|
|Blocked on MSN for over a month? No problem, my email addy still works!
I play mostly RPG's, and seeing how I have 90+ it should kindof be easily figured out that thats usually what I play. Just like someone else stated in your column I play them because they are fun, even though on every RPG I play, even if not liked, I still play through and force myself to finish the game and get as many/all secrets as I can. So as stated before, I play all RPG's, where as I enjoy alot, but sadly, the newer generation of systems is releasing very bad quality RPG's that I haven't been interested in other than Wild ARMs 3, Breath of Fire Dragon Quarter, Legaia 2, Tactics Ogre: Knight of Lodis, and then a bunch of games rereleased for the GBA(like the BoF series; also, many games that most people count as RPGs, like any Castlevania, I don't, and while the Castlevania series is my favorite series, I don't think of any of them as RPG's.)
RPG's are a mixture of music, storyline, and gameplay of course, just like every other genre as well, but the storyline goes deeper and the gameplay is very different, and played certain ways is either more difficulty, or easier. Alot of RPG's are good enough that they are great with even a minimal or even boring story, where as others can lack on the music or the music quality and still be great. Although, gameplay is a more important factor when judging an RPG, just like every other games genre. Taking Xenosaga for example, after you get past the beggining, the storyline gets better, and farther into the game the storyline gets really good(until the very end where it truly sucks,) although, the gameplay is severely lacking and even with as great as a storyline as it has, the game is very disappointing. This same type of problem goes along with Chrono Trigger, FF7, FF10, Kingdom Hearts, La Pucelle, Grandia 2, and Tales of Symphonia for examples, except that these games are not only lacking in the story department(meaning, sure, they have storyline, is it good? HELL NO) but they are also have very disappointing gameplay.
Lastly, for you needing help on the part on Xenosaga, it's no challenge getting past the two guards, just run away around the item in the center where they follow you, and then start running back the other way, which will get you past them(which is very stupid if you ask me, but like I said, the game sucks.)
And for all you who were paying close attention before, or even those of you who weren't(because you will all see it now.) Yes, I think Tales of Symphonia sucks, and I could easily name off many reasons why. The gameplay is a disgrace to every other Tales game I've played(which is Tales of Phantasia and the US Tales of titles,) add to that an extremely boring storyline, with no means keep the player interested, and also included, a very badly done world map system.
|Thursday, August 19th, 2004|
Guess me and Zach have to fight for Justin's attention... woooooo <.<
In other news, I'm getting a cold and colds make me murderous. I also had a highly disturbing dream that my Grandma had a stroke, which came with ridiculous Hollywood production values like a subplot involving some sort of shootout outside my building. WHY DOES A DREAM NEED A SUBPLOT? I demand some sort of Ritalin, to promote singleness of purpose, because otherwise this sort of Daytime Emmy winning material will only get out of hand.
|Sunday, August 15th, 2004|
Finally read Q&A again. I'm one of those people who enjoyed the storyline to Xenosaga, where I believe almost everyone did, but, you have to get through many battles of an extremely boring battle system. Much like Chrono Trigger, you get in many battles and do the same ability for about one third of the game, then you finally get a better ability where you use that the rest of the game and then another at the very end of the game. Seeing how most people love Chrono Trigger and the gameplay during battles is about the same, use one ability repetitively over and over again, I don't see how alot of people are saying Xenosaga sucks now, yet, I have always hated Xenosaga because of the gameplay(where you have always known that.)
Other than that, I've been doing nothing, just been watching Hellsing and Gundam Wing, recreating another Tactics Ogre character in the Law route, and purchasing items off ebay again. But yeah, seeing as how I just mentioned purchasing items off ebay, I just recently got Suikoden 2 almost excellent condition besides the one small scratch near the very outside of the disc, other than that it's perfect. Now I just have to get Persona and Persona 2 non scratched, Earthbound, Chrono Trigger(SNES,) Ogre Battle(SNES,) Ogre Battle(Super Famicom,) and Tactics Ogre(Super Famicom) to have my desired RPG collection. I have all those games except for Persona 2 and Earthbound, but Persona has scratches, and Chrono Trigger isn't the Super NES version, and I want to collect the entire Ogre Battle series on all systems(other than Sega CD.)
And if you haven't already, watch Hellsing, it rules. Seriously.
-andrew- -kupomogli- Current Mood: complacent
|Sunday, July 18th, 2004|
Yes, I think Action RPG is a sham definition that should be discarded in favor of just calling them action games. Because truly there really is no action RPG, and if that term were to be used, the only ones would be games like Final Fantasy 11, Ragnarok Online, .Hack, or basically any type of PC RPG, but I don't even think that action RPG should be used seriously. Games like the later Castlevania series, Seiken Densetsu, Kingdom Hearts, the Evergrace series, and especially the Zelda series, have elements of an RPG, but by no means should be called an RPG because of how far off they are in that area. Having a few elements of a genre shouldn't include anything into that genre. Just like games like the Tales series or Star Ocean(this game sucks, this is just an example) are RPG's. Just because games like those have real time, you don't travel from screen to screen killing enemies, as well as the fact that, that everything dealing with an RPG is found in the Tales series, which shows that just because the battles are in real time, doesnt mean it's an Action/Adventure game. It's like someone learning how to use a few techniques in martial arts. That doesn't mean you really know martial arts, it just means you would know how to do something in it. It's the exact same thing.
Also, this greatly disappoints me, seeing as how FFFanboy goes and says the Dragon Warrior series has a weak storyline? I have to say that the last one he must have played was the original if he says the storyline is nothing, sure it may not be that great of a storyline in 2 and 3, but the story to 4 decent, and seeing how I've never played 5 and 6 I don't really know, but the 7th has a great storyline.
Lastly, I do not hate the Final Fantasy series, just FF2,7,10,10-2, and 11(and everything onward if it keeps going the way it's been).
|Sunday, July 11th, 2004|
Dragon Quest 8. The only thing I can really say about it, is what we've actually seen, which are the graphics. It's the eigth in the series and it's good that they changed it, even though seeing someone like me wouldn't care in the least or not, but graphically the world looks so realistic, other than the fact that it's a bit too brightly colored. Like every Dragon Quest game that's ever been released, not much has changed from each version, where as they usually change a single thing about the gameplay in each game, so the gameplay seems to maintain the same exact gameplay throughout the series. Anyways, most likely they'll do the same thing here, which I actually hope they don't mess it up. The thing that bothers me and I have to ask, didn't the Dragon Quest team quit when Enix and Squaresoft signed the contract to become Square-Enix, because it wasn't really discussed with them before they merged. Just something I thought I heard.
Also, O'Shrouded One may be close to whoever he's trying to get more RPG's, but I doubt he'll come close to how many I have. I also have to remind him, games like Evergrace, Brave Fencer Musashi, and Kingdom Hearts are not RPG's, so you shouldn't add that to the number, and I still have over 60, and thats only for PS2/PSX titles. Also, why does it matter if he collects them, seeing as I haven't seen any reviews being written from him. Lastly, O'Shrouded One, you should go and write some reviews, then maybe I'll write some more.
(beaten over 120 RPG's and too lazy to write reviews, as well as the fact that I've listened to the opening of Brigandine going for 2 hours in the other room, seeing as I'm too lazy to get up and turn it off.)
|Sunday, May 30th, 2004|
Forgot to add this, but yes, FF1 does involve strategy(not on Origins of course, but the original.) It's due to the fact that when you kill an enemy, your characters will not change their target, so once an enemy dies, if three more characters attack the same target, the attacks will be ineffective, so it takes a sense of strategy of remember the hp the enemies have from recent battles, or using some sense and thinking of whether a newly fought enemy may die from attacks from this and this character, changing targets for your other two characters. Which is why FF1 on Origins is so easy, and it's not just because of the target system, also the amount of armor you can equip at a time has raised. Also the miss percent for both allies and enemies has also raised, while for allies, after reaching a higher level, they'll, but enemies(even later on) will still miss frequently.
So yeah, there is strategy involved playing the original copy of Final Fantasy, and when playing FF Origins, even the normal mode is easy as hell.
|Rock and Roll... dead?
Yeah, I just want to say, I'm the Howard Stern of RPG's(well, console RPG's that is, I'm the n00b of PC RPG's, because man they suck.)
And seriously, some people slightly think just alike to me, like that Tad Ghostal guy. Like he said, it's either the original console RPGamers are getting older(which is wrong,) or RPG's themselves are just starting to suck after the PSX era(where I said "after the PSX era" because FF7 sucks,) and while he is right about that, not really because there are a few RPG's that were released for the PS2 that were good(Wild ARMs 3 and Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter.) Wild ARMs 3 was released about(which means almost) 2 years ago, and it's the best PS2 game so far, and Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, being recently released, it's a good game.
"True Rock n Roll is dead, a victim to corporate punk," something said by Tod Ghostal as well, is another thing that is true. After 1996 when all the true rock(besides Metallica and Aerosmith) was already dead, and then Metallica started to suck, it comes to where you hear all this "new" rock. The music is basically punk music, with bands who play metal guitars, without any great songs or even good music to go with them. Where are all the great songs and music in this day and age. You can even see that the great Aerosmith isn't doing as good as they were before, possibly tainted by this crap music we call rock, today. So I just want to name some great bands to be remembered, and everyone will go download some music and listen to how great rock once was.
To name a few; Aerosmith, Guns n Roses, Metallica, Anthrax, Led Zeplin, and MegaDeath.
Then NeoCarbuncle was interesting me how he was saying how FF8's gameplay did suck, but the fact is, both the gameplay to FF8 and FF2 blow, so it doesn't really matter. Then even more when he(or she) said how great he/she thought Dragon Warrior 7 was.
"Oh, and La Pucelle is awesome... more on that next letter." This ruined it, because La Pucelle sucks, as well as Disgaea, for their isn't much in the ways of strategy for either title.
But yeah, still been playing Castlevania: Lament of Innocence crazy mode 20 - 30 minutes each day(only this much, yes, because I still don't enjoy the game that much), where even as I think its the worst Castlevania ever released, the crazy mode is actually sortof interesting to play, and I just want to finish it while finding all the secrets.
|Wednesday, May 26th, 2004|
|too lazy to put in the games, but energetic enough to do this!
Sorry about how I typed this up, but I started typing like I normally do, and I remembered not to type like that, and I don't want to type all the junk up again, so I'll just leave that like it is, and skip to the next part.
started playing ff10 again... i was like.. maybe i should try ff10 again.. maybe ill enjoy it you know... maybe i didnt give it enough time... and you know... for a little bit.. i loved the game...(i started a completely new character..)... then... i played it for awhile. and i finished the blitzball tournament... and played about 30 more minutes... and it just started getting boring as hell... the thing is.. throughout the beggining.. you fight no battles.. barely any you know.. and the story is awesome... then the story just starts sucking badly once you leave luca... and you fight battles every few steps.. and its just boring as hell you know?... especially since all you do is switch characters and attack or use white or black magic... and upgrade your sphere grids and junk.. its just stupid.. and it gets boring so quickly.. so i just stopped... if the story was good i would have kept playing it... but its not.... the only reason i finished it the first time is because i wanted to say i beat the game... so i forced myself to beat the game...
So yet again, I am trying to think of a game that I should play. I would play Tactics Ogre(either Let us Cling Together or Knight of Lodis,) but when I'm at home, I'm just too lazy to put a game in any of my systems(which is why I played FF10 because it was at my cousins and all his games are next to his PS2.) So yeah, that's how lazy I am, can't get a game out because I put my PS2 and Gamecube GB Player(I'm even too lazy to put Knight of Lodis in my GBA, and that's right next to me,) in the other room and I'm too lazy to walk over there to play a game. But yeah, name some games that might get me up to go do that.
Lastly, we all know when Tales of Symphonia comes out for Gamecube, but like you said to the other guy about how you keep information and keep it to yourselves. When does Tales of Symphonia come out for the PS2, I mean come on, you can get the people who work at RPGamer to search for it. You know that if they tried hard enough they'd find it, especially all the junk I told you about and then they finally released it on RPGamer because they didn't find it until a week or two later, and then they didn't even tell everything about it. So go look and tell me when the game is coming out for PS2, in fact, tell me when Tales of Rebirth and Tales of Destiny 2 are coming out for PS2 as well(ok, I'm only kidding,) and Tales of Destiny 2 may never be released here anyways because of the idiots naming Tales of Eternia as Tales of Destiny 2, or maybe it wasn't going to be released here to begin with. You know, one of those, the Japanese get every game, while the Americans get very few good games, and alot of crap titles. Then I feel really sorry for the people in Europe and the places surrounding there, because, well, they miss out on everything(sure, most games they miss out do suck, but, most rule as well).
Yeah, and bringing up how in England and stuff they get screwed over on games, the one guy asking about the Suikoden series. I think the first and second rule, two of the best games ever made in fact, but, you shouldn't worry about getting screwed over on the third, because it sucks badly.
|TO:KoL vs that other thing
I've been getting really lazy so I don't email in much anymore. Read how you've stopped playing Disgaea because you're playing Tactics Ogre instead, which must mean you're finishing it before you finish Disgaea. You're also probably talking about Knight of Lodis since that's what you were talking about earlier the other day. The game is awesome, with a huge amount of character customization, and seeing how the classes are actually quite different from the original Tactics Ogre(because the stat raise is different and a few of the classes have gotten completely remade, like the Warlock), its great in a different way that the original never was, however, it'll never be as good as the original(even though the two games are basically tied for me, Knight of Lodis a little under.)
Anyways, I read that one thing the other day about the sex in RPG's thing. Well, for whoever doesn't notice it right now, there is sex in every genre of series, so it's not just RPG's. I think it's pretty stupid because Final Fantasy is more like look at Yuna the whore in the best graphics you've ever seen(more or less). So basically, this ties in with the what part of gaming do I think the companies are going for. But yeah, storyline and gameplay are going way downhill with the Final Fantasy series, and in exchange(like I said before) are graphics, graphics, and nothing but graphics, which yeah, good graphics are cool, you can actually see more. But if they're going to make nothing but graphics, and put a lower budget on everything else, so that the graphics are the main thing that drives the game, the game won't really be any good you know? You see the Wild ARMs series, right, all of them have pretty decent graphics, not being as good as any of the games that have been released around when each game in the series was released, but each games gameplay and storyline was excellent(yes, even the second which I love, and don't know why everyone hates it, because it's sure not for the trasnlation, because the translation was done good, it was just straightforward and to the point, no humor, but that didn't bother me, still a good storyline.)
But yeah, even though I make jokes about all the beautiful anime and video game girls I like, I'm not like that, and seeing a video game girl won't make me go out just to use some girls. Everyone has to remember that they're just video games, and just because Final Fantasy sucks and the only reason they can get people to buy it is because they are starting to make every girl in the game look slutish(because everything else they're doing to the series sucks, and I used to love the series.)
So remember, guys shouldn't use girls, guys shouldn't do anything with other guys either(because that's umm, well, sick,) and girls should wait until they're married to be with a guy(so they won't get used) and there we go, the world would be a better place.
Also, if anyone has a non scratched copy of Brigandine(or Persona 1 and 2,) I will buy it off you, it cannot be refurbished, and must have no scratches(if it they have very very very very(talking about one or two here) few minor scratches, then i might buy them also.)
Castlevania is the best(and no, not Lament of Innocence, it sucks.)
|Friday, May 14th, 2004|
Like I told you earlier, I thought some of the tracks(err.. pieces), that were at the concert was good, but they should have used his best pieces. And seriously, not only is One Winged Angel way too overrated, but also Aerith's Theme, because I mean seriously. It's not even that good, and the only reason people love it, is that track, paired with her death(yet you know nothing about her and nothing to cling onto, so why would you even care about her dying, no character background or anything).
Anyways, like I said, I would put what would really make a good orchestra.
Of course, rather than having it in the middle(and since it is Final Fantasy), the orchestra should open with...
The Prelude - It's the Final Fantasy series, and what better piece to open it with, than the, umm, well, opening, you know?
Now that that is over with, you have to pair it with the best tracks from the series, not in any particular order, but how I think they should go together(which I took some time to figure out which ones I really loved, which were alot, should be called the absolute greatest), and what would have been perfect, is the second track be...
The Landing (Final Fantasy 8) - And no, not that one on the demo, the version remade and placed onto the game is alot better anyways. First starts out slow, and gets very fast paced, a beautiful track throughout the entire thing, would have been great for an opening.
Then the tracks that should have followed...
Ahead On Our Way(Final Fantasy 5)
Rufus' Welcoming Ceremony(Final Fantasy 7)
The Opera(full - all four tracks - Final Fantasy 6)
Gulguru Volcano(ORIGINAL Final Fantasy 1/NOT FROM ORIGINS)
Golbez, Clad in Dark(Final Fantasy 4)
Freya's Theme(Final Fantasy 9)
Dungeon/The Magic House(Final Fantasy 2/Final Fantasy 6)
The Dark Crystals(Final Fantasy 3/NOT FF6)
The Unforgiven(Metallica... err.. Final Fantasy 6)
Dreadful Battle(Final Fantasy 4)
Decisive Battle(Final Fantasy 5)
And lastly, something that would be perfect for the end....
Opening Theme(Final Fantasy 1) - It's perfect for an ending, as well as an opening, so being like them to play One Winged Angel, if whoever would think it would be more suprising and make a better performance, use either Dreadful Battle(FF4) or Decisive Battle(FF5) as a suprise ending instead of in the during the actual performance. Everyone has the right to dream, so I'm just naming the tracks I'd think would be the absolute best in creating an excellent performance.
(Also, these are my opinions, everyone has different opinions, and I apologize to all the people who think an FF10 track shouldnt have been left out, but to tell the truth, I didn't think any tracks in FF10 were any good, sorry).
|Sunday, May 9th, 2004|
|bonus update for all you kupoheads
Paws was right about some things, but what I was saying about the Castlevania series, is the newer ones(Symphony of the Night, Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance, and Aria of Sorrow), even though they have RPG elements like HP, MP, the ability to equip different items and learn different abilities, that doesn't make them an RPG. The fact is that they are still Side-Scroller Action/Adventure games because that's how the main gameplay is, any way you look at it. So that was what I was going on when I said that would make every Castlevania an RPG, because of that gameplay, and the older Mario's and Contra's gameplay are somewhat the same, which is why I said those would have to be considered RPG's as well. Not to get anyone confused, I just didn't have enough time to explain everything in detail because I was almost late for work, and then I had to brush my teeth which of course did make me late for work, so I got to work, ate food there, and then signed on instead of immediately signing on once I got there(I hope I don't get fired for that).
Anyways, I'm finished with playing FF11, even though I still have 19 days to keep playing left, I don't like the game and it really bores me, so I'll play La Pucelle.
And forgot to put this up top, what Paws said is also very true, "It's always difficult trying to categorize exactly *what* a genre is. There's too many individuals and companies and games out there trying to do just so and seeming to just confuse the actual RPGamers out there that just wanna play the freaking things :P", because it is very hard to classify, like on todays column someone said what about Tales of series(Star Ocean sucks and isn't worth mentioning), but even though my explanation of an RPG did vaguely include the Tales of series, it also sortof left them out a bit.
I'm certain this will get a lot of reply's, and yeah, I hate Chrono Trigger, but I know there is alot of people that like it, and seeing how this is an RPG site I was thinking I'd show the one site that I found.
It's some people who are working on a recreation of Chrono Trigger, with an entirely 3D world. The graphics look awesome(for all you people who love graphics), and hopefully they change the gameplay(atleast so it's not it's same repetitive self), it says they're planning releasing it in December 2004 on the computer as a free program, because right now it's only 25% complete, anyways just thought everyone would like to see it, and even though I hate it, it will still get me to play it, because I'm wanting to see how good they did on it.
Anyways, here's the site. http://www.opcoder.com/projects/chrono/
|Saturday, May 8th, 2004|
First off letting everyone know they'll have a chance to beat an RPG before I do, because I'm not playing La Pucelle until the 27th when I quit Final Fantasy XI, second, so many people on FFXI I don't even know wave to me for no reason, so if you see me and wave to me or say something to me and I ignore you because I'm doing something else, I'm really sorry, and has anyone from here seen me?
Anyways, seems everyone is stuck on the topic of RPG's, and I think I can clear this problem up, except for this is an RPG site, and we should be stuck on the topic of RPG's but I meant the topic of what an RPG is.
So we'll have to start at the basis of what is classified as an RPG now. We have games like Kingdom Hearts and Drakengard in the lineup, which are definitely not RPG's, because if they were, how many other games have the same gameplay, many many games, ones like Dynasty Warriors, Grand Theft Auto, True Crime, and many others, all these games you get HP, you collect stuff, and you run around killing things to get to the next part.
Think of the new Castlevania games and those being labeled as RPG's, they have RPG elements but if they were to be labeled RPG's so would every other Castlevania, because they all have the same elements of gameplay. And not just Castlevania, but that would make the Mario and Contra series RPG's as well. So in all, if we were to go into a lot of detail and name all the games classified as an RPG today, and look and see how all the other games are compared to it, all games today are actually RPG's.
Now, to copy LockeZ incredibly bad representation of game genres(especially for a few) I'll give a correct representation of what kindof games are what.
Action/Adventure - Games that are(not real time) mostly level based fast paced games, as well as games you explore places, and go from dungeon to dungeon.
Side-Scroller Action/Adventure - Side Scrolling Action/Adventure(did I even have to name this).
Fighting - Usually side-scroller based type, continuous battles with the use of multiple kicks punches and special attacks. (unlike LockeZ explanation, if his was true, then FF10 would be a fighting game, heh).
Simulation - Simulates thing(Vehicles/Aircraft games, Theme Park/Sim City type games).
Racing - I don't think I have to explain this.
Sports - I don't think I have to explain this either.
RPGs - Rocket Propelled Grenades, they blow stuff up. No. Consists of a menu based system where characters run into battles, when then are forced to fight(or run) using the menu system, and explore a world as well as gaining exp, gaining better abilties, and lastly using some sense of strategy to overcome parts in the game.
Anyways, I'm almost late for work and I don't have time for strategy games and puzzle games, but if an adventure game involved puzzles like LockeZ said, then why would the puzzle category be needed, as well as the fact that, that would mean Wild ARMs isn't an RPG it would be an adventure game seeing as the many puzzles that are in each of the games in the series(strategy games are their own).